Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program


The Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program offers a two-year, advanced training course in the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The program trains residents in the advanced diagnostic and clinical techniques necessary to provide specialty care to children, adolescents, and individuals with special needs. The program's clinical and didactic components are designed to advance the resident's knowledge and skills in all aspects of pediatric dentistry. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will receive a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and will be eligible to participate in the board certification examinations administered by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The multifaceted, advanced pediatric dentistry curricula integrate scientific principles and methods with the clinical application of pediatric dentistry. Designated time is provided for either basic science or clinical research. Emphasis is also given to community and dental public health experiences.

In addition to the core curriculum for all specialty residents, the following pediatric dentistry specific conferences are offered:

Behavior Management
ABPD Board Review
Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Anomalies
Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Diagnosis and Case Presentation
Growth and Development
Interceptive Orthodontics
Pharmacological Patient Management
Pulp Therapy

Sedation and Outpatient General Anesthesia
Special Needs Patients

In addition to the conferences and clinical treatment at the School of Dental Medicine, rotations are scheduled at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The following rotations are completed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, which include anesthesiology and pediatric medicine.

Advanced pediatric dentistry residents also rotate through the Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the Preclinical Simulation Clinic to provide instruction and clinical supervision to predoctoral students.


The Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at the School of Dental Medicine is a dedicated area housing an eight-chair clinic with two general anesthesia suites.  A resident laboratory and resident offices with Internet access are adjacent to the clinic. All facilities within the School of Dental Medicine are available for resident use, including a vast Health Science Center Library system housed in the medical school directly across the street from the School of Dental Medicine. There are six staff members in the department dedicated to provide both clerical and clinical support to the program.